Visit Haarlem - Best of Haarlem

Haarlem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦaːrlɛm] ; predecessor of Harlem in the English language) is a city and municipality in the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of North Holland and is situated at the northern edge of the Randstad, one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Haarlem had a population of 155,758 in 2014. It is a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam, and many residents commute to the country's capital for work. Haarlem was granted city status or stadsrechten in 1245, although the first city walls were not built until 1270. The modern city encompasses the former municipality of Schoten as well as parts that previously belonged to Bloemendaal and Heemstede. Apart from the city, the municipality of Haarlem also includes the western part of the village of Spaarndam. Newer sections of Spaarndam lie within the neighbouring municipality of Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude.


This is a comprehensive travel guide for Haarlem in Netherlands. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore Haarlem like a local. A gripping city on its own right, Rotterdam also deserves a visit. Rotterdam, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Amsterdam Museum, Jewish Cultural Quarter, The Rembrandt House Museum. Also, to reach Haarlem, you'll have to take a flight to Rotterdam; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Popular vacation packages of Haarlem are of 1-2 days.

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Haarlem Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Haarlem

  • Save 10% Haarlem: 50 minutes Boat Cruise
    Haarlem: 50 minutes Boat CruiseNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 50 Mins

    The ships of Smidtje Canal Cruises sail around the historic centre of Haarlem. Enjoy our 50 minutes cruise and let ...

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  • Save 7% 2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Haarlem
    2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Haarlem1 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Explore the medieval Dutch town of Haarlem on this 2-hour, private walking tour with a local guide. Your tour is customizable...

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  • Save 10% Haarlem: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Cruise
    Haarlem: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat CruiseNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    The ships of Smidtje Canal Cruises sail around thehistoric centre of Haarlem. Enjoy our24 hour Hop-on Hop-offcruise and let o...

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  • Save 7% The interactive city discovery game of Haarlem
    The interactive city discovery game of HaarlemNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Explore the Golden Streets of Haarlem, discover unique stories and unlock recommendations to local shops and cafes as you sol...

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Facts and Stats for Haarlem*

  • Pollution Statistics in Haarlem

    Know the pollution level of Haarlem before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 34.38 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.5 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 43.75 (Moderate)
  • Haarlem: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Haarlem for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Haarlem.

    • Burglary and Theft 21.88 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 3.33 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 7.81 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 7.81 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 10.94 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 23.44 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 98.44 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 89.06 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 3.13 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 26.56 (Low)
  • Living in Haarlem - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Haarlem is 192.91 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 86.51 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 88.21 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 48.49 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.99 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.96 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.61 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 94.25 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Haarlem

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Haarlem

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.52 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.66 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 94.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 90.17 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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